Injuries to the brain can cause problems with a person's thinking, behaviour and feelings
A neuropsychological assessment is an assessment of how a person thinks and behaves. Our assessments are completed by a psychologist who is specially trained in neuropsychology. We check how all the different parts of a person’s brain are working, such as memory, concentration and problem solving. If there are any areas that aren’t working properly, we can then suggest some ideas and strategies to provide support.
A neuropsychological assessment can help us find out if any type of brain damage has led to any functional problems. Generally, a neuropsychological assessment involves:
- Interviews with you and with people who know you well
- Finding out about your history (e.g. reading your medical notes)
- Completing tests. Most of the tests are done sitting at a table with a pen and paper or a computer.
The whole assessment usually happens over two or three appointments, of up to two hours each. Once the assessment is completed we communicate the results, and provide strategies to help. This might include recommendations for rehabilitation, where therapists can work with you to improve your recovery from an injury.
Referral for an assessment can be via an ACC Case Manager or insurance provider. We also accept privately-funded clients.
All referrals undergo a screening process, to ensure that this assessment is appropriate for the client.